The third yellow bellied snake was found in Southern California, on a beach. In the recent months another two venomous snake of this rare species have been found in the Southern California beach. This phenomenon is very strange, as their normal habitat is hundreds of miles away from where they have been found.
The snake that was found on Tuesday at the Coronado Dog Beach, was 20 inch long. According to the Coronado officials, the rare snake was spotted at 2:30 PM by a person who was going to the beach. The lifeguards were alerted of the snake’s presence and one of them put the yellow bellied snake in a bucket, and the snake died shortly after.
In October, another yellow bellied snake was found in the Ventura County and another one that was 27 inches long, was spotted in December, on the Huntington Beach. Both of them died on the beaches that are situated in the South of California as well. The first time this species was seen in Southern California was in 1972, in San Clemente. Scientists believed that the snake was then brought there by El Niño.
According to a herpetological curator from the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, Greg Pauly, the snakes could have been brought here by El Niño as well. As El Niño has been very strong lately, the temperatures of the ocean have risen like never before and the usual habitat of the sea snakes might have been enlarged. He also said that the appearance of this species in these unlikely places is fascinating for the scientists and he said that people shouldn’t worry if they encounter one of these snakes, as no human has ever died because of its bite. They would find biting a human almost impossible, as they can’t open their mouths too much and as their fangs are very small. If they are left at peace, the snakes won’t attack anyone.
The yellow bellied snake is also known as Pelamis Platura and it is a sea snake. The appearance of the snake is very distinctive, as the snake has a bright yellow belly and a flat tail that has black spots on it. This species is the most widespread on Earth, as it can be found in the waters of Mexico, Central America, Africa, Australia and Asia. The males can grow up to 28 inches and the females up to 35 inches.
The third yellow bellied snake that was found in Southern California will be taken into custody by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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